When I first made the switch to all natural products, I took the easiest route possible by buying trusted brands in my local health foods store. The initial cost increase compared to my normal products was a bit hard to swallow, so I began researching ways to create my own beauty products at home. At the time, I used a range of products from face toner to an expensive shampoo to battle my dry scalp. As I began to learn about the benefits of the natural products I was researching, I also came to realize that many of them were multifunctional. To this day, I am convinced if you have some baking soda and apple cider vinegar you can not only clean, treat, and heal anything on your body, but you can also clean anything in your house! One of the uses I found for baking soda was to use it as an alternative for toothpaste when I was in a pinch (and I liked the slick, clean feeling it left on my teeth). And while it remains a great one-ingredient toothpaste/powder, I missed the minty fresh taste in my mouth, and I had read that baking soda alone could be a bit abrasive on your teeth.
It was then I discovered bentonite clay. This wonder-clay is another natural product that is good for a wealth of beauty uses, but specifically in tooth powder, it works to draw out toxins in your mouth, and may possibly help remineralize your teeth and heal decay.
After perusing a number of recipes for homemade tooth powder, I combined a few and came up with the basic recipe I now use daily containing baking soda, bentonite clay, sea salt, and peppermint essential oil.
Baking Soda: Baking soda’s claim to fame on the tooth front lies in its ability to act as a mild abrasive that polishes away stains and plaque build up, making it an affordable and natural tooth whitening option.
Bentonite Clay: This fine powder gently polishes teeth and gives them a boost of calcium that may help to remineralize your pretty smile, all while absorbing toxins, impurities, and heavy metals.
Sea Salt: In addition to its tooth scrubbing qualities, natural sea salt helps to heal mouth sores and irritated gums.
Peppermint Essential Oil: Mainly included to leave you with fresh breath, peppermint oil also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties to make sure your mouth is squeaky clean. *Feel free to substitute with cinnamon, spearmint, or any other “flavor” you prefer.
To make the tooth powder:
- 2 tbsp. Baking Soda
- 2 tbsp. Bentonite Clay
- 1/2 tbsp. Sea Salt
- 10-20 drops Peppermint Oil (or to taste)
- Mix all ingredients together in a non-metal bowl, or place in a small glass jar and shake until combined.
Simply dip your DRY toothbrush into the powder and start brushing. I usually brush/shake the powder onto my teeth, then run my toothbrush in a little bit of water, then brush as normal.